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Aceh's long way to truth and reconciliation

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 14, 2017   /  12:58 pm
Aceh's long way to truth and reconciliation Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Aceh in a frame tower. (Shutterstock/File)

The Aceh Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR Aceh) marked its first anniversary on Oct. 24. The commission was established under a 2013 bylaw as mandated in a 2004 memorandum of understanding, a peace agreement signed in Helsinki, Finland, between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) that ended three decades of conflict in Aceh. For some years, civil society groups and local leaders collaborated to ensure the commission’s establishment in a bid to ensure sustainable peace and democracy in Aceh. The KKR Aceh’s mandate is to seek the truth about gross violations and injustice and to initiate efforts for reconciliation between parties involved in and affected by the conflict. The KKR Aceh is a permanent institution, slightly different from most truth and reconciliation commissions around the globe. In the initial phase, the independently selected...

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